Pros: Super Warm
Cons: Slight air through front zipper.
Size Tested: Small
Cut/Style : Fitted
Features: Water proof DWR, wind proof, pit zips, nice pocket placement.
Environment & Conditions:
Location of Test: Tahoe
Length of time Tested: 2 months
Weather Conditions: Varied – Wet windy, below freezing windy, and spring like
Demo or Own: Own
Height/Weight: 5’6” 130 lbs
Ski Days/Season: 80+
Years Skiing: 30 ish
Preferred Attire: Shell/Layering
Current Quiver: Norrona Shell, Patagonia nano puff(s), Patagonia Rubicon, Fly Low Shell
Being a fan of the Patagonia Nano Puff, I thought it was time to try the Rubicon.
At first glance really liked the pocket placement on the outside and inside, with a breast pocket and two hand pockets, as well as two drop in pockets and one media pocket on the inside. This is a big plus for me as I like having options for stashing a snack, chap stick, and other essentials on a long ski day.
Next up was to take the Rubicon skiing in an assortment of conditions including windy/wet, sub-zero, spring like .....you name it.
I was pleased with the waterproofing of the DWR during the wetter days, loved the easy use of the pit zips on warmer days and the warmth of the down for colder days. The only time I noticed a hint of cold was on a day when the wind was fierce and temperatures were brutally cold, which is when I felt a slight(very slight) amount of wind get through the front zipper. This was such a slight break in the barrier that I almost didn't want to mention it.
This is a jacket that I loved during testing so much that I put it on my "must have" list.
Seen here accompanied with the Patagonia Primo Shell Pants.
(can you tell that I can load up the pockets?)